Outlander season 1 had garnered many fans throughout the world with its captivating plot. Nevertheless, season 2 is equally interesting and its twists had kept fans busy guessing what was about to come.
The death of Duke of Sandringham was an unexpected one in the Starz drama, even the readers of the Diana Gabaldon’s novels didn’t expect the twist in episode 11.
It is well known that the TV version is little different than the original version — the Outlander book series. It came as a surprise for the viewers who knew that Diana Gabaldon wrote Saturday’s episode. Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of the show, also revealed the necessity of those changes.
According to Moore, they had the liberty to choose where they wanted everybody to be and choice of sets for the show, notes Hollywood Reporter.
He further explains, “In the book, the death of the duke happened off camera. Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) left them and came back with just the head in the bag and presented it to Claire (Caitriona Balfe). We just thought that, for TV, that wasn’t going to be dramatically satisfying. You wanted to see it happen.”
With different twists and turns in the time-travel drama had made fans realize that the books can’t prepare them for all. Simon Callow, who played the character of Duke of Sandringham, didn’t expect the gruesome beheading.
“I thought I knew that he was going to die at the battle of Culloden, but I certainly didn’t know he was going to die the way he did die. It’s a very satisfactory way to die,” Simon Callow said to TVLine.
The TV version of the show surprises the viewers that readers of the book didn’t expect. For instance, Mary (Rosie Day) stabbed her rapist, while in the book- “Dragonfly in Amber”, Jamie kills the rapist by slitting his throat. However, this doesn’t deviate from Mary’s storyline instead it fits well within the episode. Both versions share the same goals, but in a little different way.